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Sunday, July 05, 2020

Former national security advisor Susan Rice says President Trump sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin following news that Russia allegedly offered bounties for those who targeted American soldiers in Afghanistan. Rice said on MSNBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday: "In everything [Trump's] done since, from dismissing the intelligence and standing up for Putin at Helsinki, to inviting him back into the G7 against the objections of our long-standing allies, to unilaterally withdrawing a third of our troops from Germany, all these steps benefit Putin."

Six months into a pandemic that has killed over half a million people, more than 200 scientists from around the world are challenging the official view of how the coronavirus spreads. The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain that you have to worry about only two types of transmission: inhaling respiratory droplets from an infected person in your immediate vicinity or -- less common -- touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth. But other experts contend that the guidance ignores growing evidence that a third pathway also plays a significant role in contagion. They say multiple studies demonstrate that particles known as aerosols " microscopic versions of standard respiratory droplets " can hang in the air for long periods and float dozens of feet, making poorly ventilated rooms, buses and other confined spaces dangerous, even when people stay six feet from one another.

Nature is a brutal place, so during brooding, chinstrap and Adlie penguins are reluctant to leave their eggs unguarded in the nest -- even to relieve themselves. But one also does not wish to sully the nest with feces. So instead, a brooding penguin will hunker down, point its rear end away from the nest, lift its tail, and let fly a projectile of poo"thereby ensuring both the safety of the eggs and the cleanliness of the nest.

During a seminar at Kitasato University in Japan, a young woman asked about a slide showing a penguin brooding on its nest, wondering about the white and pink lines radiating outward. She interpreted them as "decoration" and asked how the penguins made them.

"I explained that a penguin stands up, moves to the edge of its nest, turns around, lifts its tail, and then shoots from its rear, which leaves a 30-40 cm long streak of semi-liquid whitish stuff behind," ...

Saturday, July 04, 2020

These Charts Show Why. The United States is different. In nearly every other high-income country, people have both become richer over the last three decades and been able to enjoy substantially longer lifespans. But not in the United States. read more

The U.S. is sending two aircraft carriers into one of Asia's hottest spots to deliver a pointed message to China that it doesn't appreciate Beijing's military ramp-up in the region. read more


Coronavirus updates: Texas, Florida and Arizona officials say early reopenings fueled explosion of cases

...Local officials in states with surging coronavirus cases issued dire warnings Sunday about the spread of infections, blaming outbreaks in their communities on early reopenings and saying the virus was rapidly outpacing containment efforts....

Former Trump official Tom Bossert: face masks "are not enough"

...Former President Trump Homeland Security Advisor Thomas Bossert sounded the alarm on the rapid spike in the spread of the coronavirus in a series of tweets Sunday, saying that "masks are not enough."

Why it matters: It's a different tone than much of the Trump administration, as cases are spiking in a number of states around the country. Trump baselessly claimed during his Independence Day remarks that 99% of coronavirus cases "are totally harmless." ...

Why is it that hen Trump officials leave the administration, most of them seem to regain the mental ability to think again?

@#9 ... last night on NBC news they did a story on recovery after COVID-19. ...

Thanks. I found this video from yesterday on the NBS News website...

Many coronavirus patients face months of recovery after leaving the hospital (about 2 1/2 minutes runtime)

For some coronavirus patients, leaving the hospital is just the beginning of a long road to recovery, especially if they had been on ventilators. Doctors are finding many are weak and suffering from long-lasting effects like trouble walking, talking, swallowing and memory loss.

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